PolicyMap for Colleges and Universities

Universities use PolicyMap in a variety of schools and curriculums, such as social sciences, urban planning, public policy and business administration. It allows them to focus on analyzing data - not collecting it or learning how to use expensive mapping software. See a list of universities with site licenses here.

EXAMPLES OF USE CASES

I need an inexpensive market study for Jersey City.

I'm looking for areas with lots of young working poor for a workforce program in Chicago.

I want to make a map that shows the change in Hispanic population in Los Angeles.



WHAT CAN STUDENTS AND FACULTY DO WITH POLICYMAP?

  • Generate maps and tables to incorporate in reports and presentations
  • Search by address, city, state, zip code, county or census tract
  • Create topical reports by predefined region, radius, or custom-drawn region
  • Compare data across geographies or view trends over time
  • Find communities meeting up to 3 criteria on a map
  • Download select datasets as csv files
  • Rank geographies across an indicator
  • Create custom regions for unique analysis
  • Upload your own point level data
  • Incorporate work into papers and presentations

WHAT KINDS OF INDICATORS WILL THEY BE ABLE TO ACCESS?

  • Demographic estimates and projections
  • Income and poverty measures
  • Employment by industry
  • Homeownership rates and affordability
  • Home Sales
  • School performance
  • Quick community profiles

WHAT TYPES OF ANALYSES CAN THEY CONDUCT? QUICKLY AND ONLINE.

  • Compare obesity rates among states
  • Track mortgage lending patterns in a city
  • Understand the racial and ethnic composition of a community
  • Identify neighborhoods with certain income and household characteristics
  • Draw a unique geography on a map and generate a comprehensive report of the areas' demographic and economic characteristics
  • Upload other data and leverage it against the trusted data available through PolicyMap

HOW COULD THEY USE THEIR ANALYSIS IN CLASS?

  • Make a case for a particular public policy intervention
  • Argue for a particular site for a business
  • Describe a market for a business plan or marketing strategy
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This site does a remarkable job of collocating numerous data sources, providing sophisticated tools to visualize the data (including maps, tables & reports) and adhering to an ethos that promotes sharing.

Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
August 2013